M 6.2 in Papua New Guinea on 15 May 2017 13:22 UTC

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2017-09-27 17:43

WOPW40 EJRC 151346
EARTHQUAKE ALERT MESSAGE NUMBER 001
THIS IS AN AUTOMATIC ALERT FROM THE GLOBAL DISASTER ALERTS AND COORDINATION SYSTEM (WWW.GDACS.ORG).

THE DISSEMINATION THROUGH GTS OF THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED AS GUIDANCE IN SUPPORT OF UN ACTIVITIES: IT IS A PILOT PROJECT BETWEEN WMO AND JRC TO TEST COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION CHANNELS OF VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS.

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* GREEN EARTHQUAKE ALERT IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA *
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SUMMARY

ON 15 MAY 2017 13:22:38 UTC (ABOUT 15 MAY 2017 23:32:42 LOCAL TIME) AN EARTHQUAKE OF MAGNITUDE 5.8 OCCURRED IN THE HIGHLY POPULATED REGION OF NEW IRELAND IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA. KABAHON MISSION THE NEAREST POPULATED PLACES ARE: PAKABONG (8.2 KM). THE CLOSEST CIVILIAN AIRPORT IS: RAKANDA (18.1 KM).


EARTHQUAKE EVENT CHARACTERISTICS
- SOURCE: NEIC
- MAGNITUDE: 5.8 M
- DEPTH: 10 KM
- LOCATION (LAT/LONG): -4.0109 | 152.5173
- COUNTRY: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
- PROVINCE: NEW IRELAND(PROVINCE)
- REGION: NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
- UTC/GMT (GREENWICH TIME): 15 MAY 2017 13:22:38 UTC
- ESTIMATED LOCAL SOLAR TIME: 15 MAY 2017 23:32:42



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POTENTIALLY AFFECTED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE:
- NUCLEAR PLANTS: N/A
- HYDRODAMS: N/A
- AIRPORTS: RAKANDA (18.1 KM), NAMATANAI (38.8 KM), TOKUA (39.5 KM), RABAUL (43.8 KM), MANGA (57.5 KM), LAMASSA (80.7 KM), SILUR (82.7 KM), STOCKHOLM (86.7 KM)
- PORTS: NAMATANAI (39.5 KM), RABAUL (45 KM), KOKOPO ROADSTEAD (45 KM), TANGA ISLAND (98.9 KM)

BASED ON AN AUTOMATED IMPACT MODEL, THIS EARTHQUAKE, WHICH OCCURRED IN A REGION WITH MEDIUM VULNERABILITY TO NATURAL DISASTERS, HAS POTENTIALLY A LOW HUMANITARIAN IMPACT.

EVENT DATE UNIV. TIME: MON, 15 MAY 2017 13:22:38 UTC
EUROPEAN TIME OF THE EVENT: 15 MAY 2017 15:22:38
EAST AMERICA TIME OF THE EVENT: 15 MAY 2017 07:22:38
WEST AMERICA TIME OF THE EVENT: 15 MAY 2017 04:22:38
EAST ASIA TIME OF THE EVENT: 15 MAY 2017 20:22:38

THIS EMAIL REPORT WAS AUTOMATICALLY CREATED BY A COMPUTER AT: 15 MAY 2017 13:46:05 (23 MIN AFTER THE EVENT)


SEE THE GDACS WEBSITE FOR LIVE NEWS COVERAGE (INCLUDING OCHA SITUATION REPORTS), THE FULL EARTHQUAKE REPORT IS AT
HTTP://WWW.GDACS.ORG/REPORT.ASPX?EVENTTYPE=EQ$AND;EPISODEID=1167887

FOR INFORMATION ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE, PLEASE CONSULT THE GDACS VIRTUAL OSOCC: HTTP://VOSOCC.UNOCHA.ORG
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POPULATION DENSITY NEAR EPICENTER (PEOPLE/KM2).

RADIUS (KM) POPULATION DENSITY (PEOPLE/KM2)
200 319986 41
175 293366 37
150 281743 36
125 265134 34
100 246046 31
75 224461 29
50 126027 16
20 11161 1
10 51 0
5 0 0
2 0 0


THE POPULATION IN THE 50 KM AREA OF THIS EARTHQUAKE IS 16 PEOPLE/KM2.
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THE EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED AT 15 MAY 2017 23:32:42 LOCAL TIME. 15 MAY 2017 23:32:42

RESILIENCE AND VULNERABILITY
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RESILIENCE IS THE CAPACITY OF THE POPULATION TO COPE WITH A HAZARD. SINCE MUCH OF INVESTMENTS IN EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AND AVAILABLE FUNDS FOR QUICK RESPONSE IS RELATED TO HOUSEHOLD INCOME, THE GDP PER CAPITA CAN BE USED AS A ROUGH INDICATOR OF RESILIENCE.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA HAS A GDP PER CAPITA OF 1008 PPP$ (PARITY PURCHASING POWER DOLLAR, ABOUT 1 EURO) AND IS THEREFORE PART OF THE LOW LEVEL INCOME COUNTRIES. THEREFORE, THE EARTHQUAKE HAPPENED IN AN AREA OF LOW RESILIENCE.
BASED ON THE COMBINATION OF 9 INDICATORS, ECHO ATTRIBUTES PAPUA NEW GUINEA A MEDIUM VULNERABILITY.
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SECONDARY EFFECTS
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PROBABILITY OF SECONDARY EFFECTS:
- LANDSLIDES: THE MAXIMUM SLOPE IN THE AREA OF THE EARTHQUAKE IS N/A% AND THE MAXIMUM ALTITUDE IS N/A M. SINCE THIS IS A LOW SLOPE, THE RISK OF EARTHQUAKE INDUCED LANDSLIDES IS LOW. NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT THE SLOPE DATA IS NOT RELIABLE ON A LOCAL SCALE, WHILE LANDSLIDES DEPEND VERY MUCH ON LOCAL TOPOGRAPHY, SOIL AND METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS.
- NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS: THERE ARE NO NUCLEAR FACILITIES NEARBY THE EPICENTER.
- HYDRODAMS: THERE ARE NO HYDRODAM FACILITIES NEARBY THE EPICENTER.


JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE, EUROPEAN COMMISSION (JRC-EC) - OFFICE FOR COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS (UN-OCHA)

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